Reggae // Dub // Ska // live percussion // art projections

This story begins the year 2003, in the city of Southampton, UK. After unknowingly saying "yes" to perform at an 'open record decks' event in Southampton at the age of 19, Tom 'Uplifter' Earwaker brought along some percussion, a small box of Reggae, Dub & Ska LP's and a pair of Walkman headphones. That night ignited a spark which not only led to The Uplifter subsequently later becoming a well respected part of the UK Reggae & Dub scene for over a decade - it also had a profound effect on the path in which Tom's life would take from then on... With countless live shows, vinyl releases and tours taking him around the globe from New York to Croatia to New Zealand and many a road in between...

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  • Lady & The Tramp or perhaps Beauty & The Beast 😄 Since when do cats eat pasta? Mine loves it apparently! Photo by Rob Luckins - @zomtographer #ladyandthetramp #snaredrum #drum #uplifter #theuplifter #pasta #drumsticks #chopsticks
    Lady & The Tramp or perhaps Beauty & The Beast 😄 Since when do cats eat pasta? Mine loves it apparently! Photo by Rob Luckins - @zomtographer #ladyandthetramp #snaredrum #drum #uplifter #theuplifter #pasta #drumsticks #chopsticks
  • Just as I was about to upload this video earlier this week I thought I'd quickly check to see what Nelly Stharre is up to these days... I shouted at my laptop screen as I read that her and her partner both died in a house fire at their home in the hills of Dominica last year... I had to walk away from my computer and process it for a few days. Nelly was a proper sweetheart, a really lovely, warm soul. Here is Nelly and I performing at One Love Festival... In memory of a beautiful human being ❤️ #nellystharre #nellystar #reggae #dub #onelovefestival #theuplifter #uplifter #livepercussion #festival #reggaefestival
    Just as I was about to upload this video earlier this week I thought I'd quickly check to see what Nelly Stharre is up to these days... I shouted at my laptop screen as I read that her and her partner both died in a house fire at their home in the hills of Dominica last year... I had to walk away from my computer and process it for a few days. Nelly was a proper sweetheart, a really lovely, warm soul. Here is Nelly and I performing at One Love Festival... In memory of a beautiful human being ❤️ #nellystharre #nellystar #reggae #dub #onelovefestival #theuplifter #uplifter #livepercussion #festival #reggaefestival
  • Why use 'proper instruments' when a saucepan and a handful of spoons will do :D #uplifter #percussion #serres #greece #theuplifteruk #stomp #DIYpercussion
    Why use 'proper instruments' when a saucepan and a handful of spoons will do :D #uplifter #percussion #serres #greece #theuplifteruk #stomp #DIYpercussion
  • Just found a laminated poster up in the loft from the days when I used to depend on street busking to make a living... Upgrade from economy beans to Heinz baked beans haha :D #uplifter #busking #streetbusking
    Just found a laminated poster up in the loft from the days when I used to depend on street busking to make a living... Upgrade from economy beans to Heinz baked beans haha :D #uplifter #busking #streetbusking
  • It is very dangerous to leave me unsupervised in a record shop 😃 #brixton #vinyl #recordshop #reggae #dub #ska #roots #turntable #dj #theuplifter #uplifter
    It is very dangerous to leave me unsupervised in a record shop 😃 #brixton #vinyl #recordshop #reggae #dub #ska #roots #turntable #dj #theuplifter #uplifter
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Cats, pasta and photo shoots... 


Not too long ago, my buddy Rob Luckins came over and we spent the day running around Southampton on a photos shoot... No plan, just see what happens. We got some really cool shots which I'll slowly release over time. You should check out Rob's excellent website and Facebook page, oh and he has a Tumblr blog page too! I can't exactly remember how I met Rob but we've known each other for a long time, and in that time he's taken some really nice photos with all sorts of cameras. He's got a brilliant set of gear from digital cameras to medium format and old school concertina/bellow cameras. Here are a couple of shots he took way back in 2011.


If you need photos taken professionally, Rob's your man.  


I'm hoping to get Rob along to some live shows to take some live shots. So far, we've just worked on promotional photos for posters etc.

More to come :)

 

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